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Located at the most south-western tip of Germany, Freiburg is a medieval gem that sits on the edge of the Black Forest. Officially one of the sunniest places in the country, this picturesque university town is also one of the most eco-friendly. Made up of a maze of cobbled streets, gabled town houses and marvelous views from the nearby Schlossberg, the city also has a plethora of fantastic restaurants to try that serve local Swabian cuisine. From higher end establishments, medieval cellars to budget-friendly joints, we explore the best restaurants on offer.
The building in which Tacheles is situated dates back to the 12th century when Freiburg was first founded. A place of historical importance, the 900-year old cellar now houses one of the most popular German restaurants in the city, which serves up traditional Black Forest fare within its warm and friendly atmosphere. Attracting buzzing crowds of students and locals, Tacheles is known for its extensive schnitzel menu, offering 24 variations. Served with a choice of potatoes, rice, salad or spätzle, the selection ranges from classic pan-fried dishes with peppercorn or mushroom sauce, to more adventurous options with ham, pineapple and cheese, or spinach and egg. Come hungry as the portions are hefty.
Grünwälderstraße 17, Freiburg, Germany, +49 761 319 66 69
Located within an 11th century building in the heart of Freiburg, Schlappen is a welcoming tavern that attracts a friendly crowd of students and locals. The homespun atmosphere is relaxed, thanks to the dark wood interior and low lighting and makes for a perfect spot to enjoy a beer with friends, or sate your hunger with simple German cuisine. The food choices here range from potato plates, Swabian tarte flambée, pasta or hearty meat dishes. The events held here, ranging from whisky and absinthe tastings, to eccentrically themed parties, mean its a great place for a night out. A reliable spot for dinner and drinks before hitting the town, it is no wonder Schlappen has achieved cult status with the Freiburg locals.
Löwenstraße 2, Freiburg, Germany, +49 761 33494
Euphrat arguably serves the best kebap in Southern Germany. Right in the center of town near the university, this little hole-in-the-wall offers the most delicate döner meat, softest breads and mouthwatering falafel. The quality is fantastic and for those on a budget, the price is unbeatable. Opt for the classic flatbread or yufka, a thinner wrap option, which is filled with an abundance of fresh vegetables, bulgur and salad, which is drizzled with a light yogurt sauce. Whichever filling you choose, the ingredients are always fresh and sourced from the region. During lunch, expect to wait slightly longer for your meal, as for some years now, Euphrat has no longer been Freiburg’s best kept secret.
Niemenstraße 13, Freiburg, Germany, +49 761 4890832